Sheriff: Wife arranged to have husband killed

Published: Feb. 7, 2014 at 2:08 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 17, 2014 at 2:09 AM EST
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(Source: WYFF)
(Source: WYFF)

PICKENS, S.C. (AP) - Pickens County deputies say a 34-year-old woman arranged to kill her husband so she could collect $250,000 in life insurance.

Sheriff Rick Clark said Crystal Williams promised a man she had known since they were children money if he would kill her husband.

Investigators say 38-year-old Shane Williams was shot to death around 3:45 a.m. Jan. 26 in his Easley home. His wife told deputies she and her 10-year-old son were asleep and awoke to gunshots.

But Clark says Crystal Williams exchanged messages with 35-year-old Marcus Johnson about paying him to kill her husband of 14 years. The sheriff says the two were long-time acquaintances, but investigators haven't found evidence they were romantically involved.

Johnson and Crystal Williams were charged with murder Wednesday. It wasn't known if they had lawyers.

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